A date has been set for the launch of my new novel entitled "Poor Man's Galapagos," a story about an irrigation engineering student living on a small, impoverished island in Ecuador, South America. The launch is to take place November 21, 2015 in Toronto at a location to be determined. Here is a synopsis: As Tomas is conscripted into military service in a border war where he is certain he will die a senseless death, his father, a renowned British travel writer, is accused of embezzling government funds and quickly leaves the island. While searching for answers, amidst the backdrop of a fight for conscientious objection, the construction of a luxury hotel designed to attract tourists and infrastructure, a priest promoting the philosophy that it is against the precepts of religion to focus on spiritual needs while ignoring the worldly ones, and a nurse who longs for escape from serving as a doctor in a remote rural community, Tomas embarks on a journey of discovery that may lead him closer to his father, his biological mother who abandoned him at birth, and away from his home country for the first time in his life... The novel explores the enduring themes of duty, honour, obligation, sacrifice, and how the struggle to improve the condition of our lives sometimes comes with an inestimable expense.